iMac vs Retina MBP

Discussion in 'iMac' started by NbinHD, Oct 23, 2013.

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iMac vs Retina MBP for my uses.

  1. iMac

    14 vote(s)
    77.8%
  2. 13 Retina Macbook Pro

    3 vote(s)
    16.7%
  3. Neither.

    1 vote(s)
    5.6%
  1. NbinHD macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Should i get a baseline 2013 21.5 iMac, or a baseline (4gb) 13 retina macbook pro.

    I do:
    Internet browsing
    YouTube
    School work via parallels

    Thats pretty much it. What would be better.
     
  2. ioannis2005gr, Oct 26, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2013

    ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502

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    #2
    In my opinion, a new 13'' MBP (BTO i7 2.8GHz + 16GB RAM + 256GB PCIe) is more "future-proof" (cheaper? an i5 2.6GHz+8GB RAM+256GB PCIe fits your needs, too!)...also, you may buy a "good" 24'' monitor (ASUS, DELL, NEC, EIZO etc)...and you're done! an excellent mobile plus desktop combination...


    + APPLE CARE PROTECTION (MUST HAVE).


    (if you prefer dGPU, you will have more choices...and it will cost you more, without actual usage for your needs!)
     
  3. kis macrumors 65816

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    true, but I don't think the OP wants to shed 2000+$ for it
     
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    I would pick a MBA instead, since you are probably gonna tug it and back an forth to school.
     
  5. ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502

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    if he/she wants retina MBP...? it costs!

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    he/she wants retina MBP...MBA isn't an option....
     
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    If he asks for help, then it must be because he can't determine his needs. And his needs are by far covered by a MBA, and it is cheaper and more portable, and suits his study needs better.
     
  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    Do you need portability? Do you want a larger screen for watching videos?
    The 8GB in the iMac would be better for Parallels depending on what Windows applications you're running.

    The price of the 2 baseline machines is the same. the iMac will wind up costing less with AppleCare.
     
  8. ioannis2005gr, Oct 26, 2013
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    ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502

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    That is correct...but he/she needs enough portability (back and forth to school )...
     
  9. Bear macrumors G3

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    A MBA may not be suitable for their needs. you're making an assumption because they're trying to decide between an iMac and rMBP.

    The OP didn't say anything about portability, you are also making assumptions.
     

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